Can’t be bothered to put in the elbow grease to properly clean out your bong? We feel you. The sticky black gunk can be hard to get off, and you’re wondering if you can put your bong in the dishwasher and wait for it to come out all sparkling.
For most bongs, yes you can put it in the dishwasher, but that doesn’t mean that you should.
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Glass Bongs in the Dishwasher
Putting a glass bong in the dishwasher might be safe to do so, but a lower quality glass could mean a higher risk of cracks and breaks. Most glass bongs of reasonable quality are made of borosilicate glass. Borosilicate glass is a special type of glass that doesn’t expand as much when exposed to heat. This glass is great for beakers and things like that, but it’s also great for bongs too.
Dishwashers generate a lot of heat and steam, but glass bongs made of borosilicate glass should generally be able to withstand this. There might be plastic seals or other materials used on your bong, however, and these may not be suitable for the dishwasher.
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You may also want to rethink putting your glass bong in the dishwasher as all of that gunk is not good for your dishwasher in the long run. Dishwashers are great at washing dishes, but aren’t so good at removing sticky tar-like substances from your bong. Doing this can leave smells in your dishwasher, and can also leave your dishwasher filters clogged in time.
Instead, just get some rubbing alcohol and some very coarse salt. This method might be a bit more labor-intensive, but it will actually clean your bong out fully (if you can be bothered to do a few goes of it, anyway).
Silicone Bongs in the Dishwasher
Putting a silicone bong in your dishwasher is generally safe to do so from a breakage point of view, however, your bong might contain materials other than silicone.
Plus there are the issues we described above about leaving a smell and potentially clogging your dishwasher’s filters.
Instead of putting your silicone bong in the dishwasher, a better way to clean it is to use very hot water. Pouring boiling water over silicone is generally safe to do so, but let the water cool down a bit as silicone bongs may not be entirely silicone. There’s also the risk of splashes, and you don’t want to damage those joint-rolling fingers.
Using hot water will remove a lot of the debris, but to get it completely clean, your best bet is to get some rubbing alcohol and some very coarse salt, the same as for a glass bong.